Field Hockey Shuts Out Lyons to Advance to Regional Final

Kimmy Ganong and Rachel Kennedy celebrate after scoring Bowdoin's second goal of the game
Kimmy Ganong and Rachel Kennedy celebrate after scoring Bowdoin's second goal of the game

BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin field hockey team advanced to Sunday's quarterfinal with a 4-0 win over visiting Mount Holyoke in the opening game of Saturday's NCAA regional action.

The Polar Bears are making their 11th NCAA appearance in 12 seasons, with an overall 25-7 mark in tournament play, and improve to 17-2 this year. Mount Holyoke, who collected their second all-time NCAA win on Wednesday against Husson, ended their season at 17-4. The Lyons made their second straight appearance in the tournament after earning an at-large bid as the NWMAC runners-up.

Colleen Finnerty put Bowdoin on the board just under two minutes into the contest off a successfully converted penalty corner. Set-up at the top of the circle, Kimmy Ganong inserted to Kim Kahnweiler whose clean stick stop allowed Finnerty to take a quick drive. The ball deflected off Lyons goalie Liz Dicesare's pad and into the cage.  Dicesare made a quick reflex save a few minutes later on another Bowdoin shot, to hold off the Polar Bears attack. Ganong doubled Bowdoin's lead in the 29th minute as she connected with a crossing pass from Rachel Kennedy, quickly laying down a sweep, and finding the back of the net. With just over four minutes remaining in the half, Dicesare made a diving play to break up an end line pass from Adrienne O'Donnell.

A second shy of the fifteen minute mark in the second half, Kennedy put away Bowdoin's third goal of the game. Successfully executing the play that was broke up by Mount Holyoke's goalie in the first half, Liz Znamierowski carved the end line and dished a pass to Kenndy in the center for a one-timer. Bowdoin put away its final goal of the game ten minutes later off the stick of O'Donnell. Making her way into the circle, Mettler Growney flicked a backhand pass to O'Donnell on the right post for a quick put away. With Bowdoin leading 4-0, the Lyons battled back to earn their first shot on net by Kaitlin Braz. Braz's teammate Isabella Olgaard was right on pads to stuff in the rebound, but a referee whistle ended the Lyons' most promising scoring opportunity of the game.

Discesare made nine saves in net for Mount Holyoke over the course of the game, facing ten Bowdoin corners. Hannah Gartner made one save on the opposite end for Bowdoin, as the Polar Bears allowed only two overall shots.

Bowdoin advances to play in tomorrow's 1:00 p.m. contest against the winner of the Skidmore/Fairleigh Dickinson game at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.